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What is Inflammation?

How are you today? How to reduce inflammation in your body and why?

A topic that is really really important for all of us is inflammation.

If inflammation persists, remains unchecked, or becomes chronic, and the chemicals involved fail to be expelled or instead attack the body’s own tissues, it can lead to other disorders.

Inflammation is a natural and beneficial immune response that occurs in the body when it is exposed to injury, stress, toxins, or pathogens. Essentially, the body initiates a healing process in order to restore its original state or balance, which involves the release of antibodies and proteins to combat infectious diseases, stress factors, and invaders. These antibodies and proteins are meant to be eliminated from the body. Inflammation plays a crucial role in the healing of infections and wounds, despite the discomfort it may cause, including warmth, redness, swelling, and pain in the affected area. However, if inflammation persists, remains unchecked, or becomes chronic, and the chemicals involved fail to be expelled or instead attack the body’s own tissues, it can lead to other disorders.

Studies show that inflammation serves as an underlying cause for various diseases, ranging from cancer to the common cold. 

How do we test for chronic inflammation?

In contemporary medicine, a blood test is utilized to evaluate the levels of C-reactive protein, a substance generated by the liver that increases disproportionately in reaction to inflammation. Particularly, intense responses to viruses are linked to an overactive immune response known as a cytokine storm. Certain infections, genetic abnormalities, or autoimmune disorders, where the body mistakenly perceives its own tissues as threats, can prompt cytokines to surge through the bloodstream and attack healthy tissues. 

What are the Causes of Inflammation

Inflammation can occur when individuals experience stress, follow an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, and fail to obtain sufficient sleep and exercise

Inflammation can occur when individuals experience stress, follow an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, and fail to obtain sufficient sleep and exercise. Factors such as consuming food at irregular times, indulging in junk food and processed food, drinking sodas and fruit juices, excessive alcohol consumption, consuming fried food, refined sugar, and flour, consuming an excessive amount of caffeine, consuming too many pungent spices, consuming nightshade plants, consuming food additives, preservatives, and dyes, smoking, using recreational drugs, being exposed to environmental toxins, pollutants, and chemicals, being obese, having parasitic infections, contracting certain contagious diseases, experiencing low-grade infections, and being exposed to allergens (often associated with a lifestyle that stimulates the pitta dosha in Ayurveda) can all contribute to inflammation. Additionally, there may be a genetic predisposition that increases the risk of inflammation.

What Symptoms of Inflammation could you have?

The symptoms and presentation of inflammation vary depending on the Prakriti (body constitution) and Vikrati (imbalance) of an individual patient (referred to as Rogi). However, common symptoms of inflammation include redness, irritation, heat, limited mobility, swelling, pain, tenderness, edema, painful joints, abdominal or chest pain, muscle soreness, rashes, frequent infections, fevers, fatigue, insomnia, weight fluctuations, and mood disorders. Inflammation can manifest in various organs or organ systems such as the gastrointestinal tract (causing constipation, diarrhea, reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome), skin (resulting in psoriasis, rashes, and eczema), respiratory system (leading to allergies and asthma), joints, or any combination thereof. 

Common symptoms of inflammation include redness, irritation, heat, limited mobility, swelling, pain, tenderness, edema, painful joints, abdominal or chest pain, muscle soreness, rashes, frequent infections, fevers, fat.

According to Ayurveda, inflammatory conditions are classified as disturbances of the pitta dosha (the principle of fire) that can be alleviated and even cured through simple adjustments to diet and lifestyle. 

It is crucial to prevent inflammation from taking hold, as it has been linked to various diseases including arthritis (such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), asthma, sinusitis, allergies, dermatitis, diabetes, cardiac disorders, cancer, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disorders (like colitis, peptic ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and IBS), periodontitis, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune conditions, and mood disorders like depression. 

In Ayurveda, the approach is to identify the underlying source of a symptom, rather than merely treating the symptom itself. 

In simple terms, every choice and action you make can either be inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. 

Inflammation is a very important signal, prompting us to pay attention and react.

It is important to understand that when the metabolic fire (referred to as Pitta) becomes excessive or becomes active in the wrong places, it can lead to chronic inflammation and the development of various disorders. In Ayurveda, the metaphor of Pitta and the digestive fire is significant as it plays a crucial role in maintaining good health.

The metabolic fire, in the form of metabolism, is responsible for digesting our food, generating vital energy, and eliminating waste. However, when the metabolic fire becomes excessive or misplaced, chronic inflammation arises along with a range of disorders.

To address this, I suggest redirecting your metabolic fire by identifying and managing your stressors. Factors such as toxic relationships, work-related stress, and exposure to violent movies or TV shows can trigger the release of stress hormones, leading to inflammation. By understanding what causes stress in your life, you can make necessary changes or take preventive measures.

This requires self-reflection and becoming an observer of your own experiences. Practices like meditation, setting intentions, practicing qijong, yoga, pranayama (breathing exercises), and cultivating emotional detachment can help you better cope with challenges and avoid potential tragedies.

What’s more increase inflammation?

Spicy and acidic foods, experiencing stress and overwork, exposure to hot weather and direct sunlight, menstruation…Many Factors increase inflammation.

There are various factors that can contribute to increased heat (and therefore Pitta) in the body, resulting in inflammation. These include consuming spicy and acidic foods, experiencing stress and overwork, exposure to hot weather and direct sunlight, among others. Additionally, during menstruation, Pitta tends to increase, which may worsen your symptoms during this period.

Since inflammation is primarily an imbalance of Pitta, the main remedies aim to reduce Pitta or heat in the body. It is important to note that when referring to inflammation, I am specifically referring to the type characterized by redness, heat, and tenderness, rather than swelling caused by water retention, which is more associated with Kapha.

When it comes to Ayurvedic remedies for inflammation, here are some options:

1. Avoid foods that cause heat.

Our dietary choices play a crucial role in maintaining our overall health and well-being, and they often have a direct connection to the health issues we experience. In the case of inflammation, which stems from excessive heat in the body and blood, it becomes vital to avoid consuming overheating foods. Instead, we should focus on incorporating refreshing foods into our diet and opt for fresh cooking methods.

Foods that have inflammatory properties and can aggravate Pitta should be consumed in moderation. These foods include:

  • Nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, eggplant)
  • Spinach and chard
  • Spicy foods
  • Fermented foods like vinegar and kombucha
  • Salty, sour and pungent foods
  • Fatty and fried foods
  • Peanut, sesame, safflower and almond oil
  • Red meat
  • Coffee (even decaffeinated)
  • Caffeine, tobacco and alcohol
  • Refined sugar
  • Refined grains and cereals (aged basmati is fine)
  • Processed foods
  • Additives and preservatives
  • Allergenic foods (this will be different for everyone, but common examples include soy, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, shellfish, and tree nuts)

2. Increases refreshing and alkaline foods in the diet.

With all the symptoms resulting from excessive heat in the system, it will be essential to start taking in more cooling food choices on a regular basis.

Here are some foods that will help you reduce heat and inflammation in the body:

  • Ghee
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut water
  • Cilantro (click here for our cilantro juice recipe!)
  • Citron vert
  • Cucumber
  • Refreshing spices such as coriander, fennel, fresh ginger, pippali and cardamom
  • Bitter vegetables such as kale, collard greens, and gourmet dandelions
  • Sweet and juicy fruits such as dates, apples, avocado, red grapes, ripe mango and coconut
  • Aloe Vera juice
  • Pomegranate juice

But it also depends on your personal constitution. The impact and the properties of one food or another will be modified according to the nature of your constitution and that is why it is important to know it to choose those which will be more effective for you.

3. Do regular oil massages with oil.

Abhyanga, is a type of ayurvedic oil massage. It is a routine practice for self-care and stress reduction. Use coconut oil which is anti-Pitta.

Take a small amount of oil and massage the whole body before going to bed each night.

It is important to give particular attention to the primary areas of pain and inflammation, as well as the scalp, forehead, and feet. If you have limited time, focus on these specific areas.

When applying the oil, it is recommended to leave it on for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with water. It is advisable to avoid using soap, as it can cause dryness and irritation. Alternatively, you may choose to leave the oil on overnight for maximum benefit.

4. Drink ginger and turmeric tea every day.

Ginger, turmeric, and a pinch of black pepper offer significant benefits in the treatment of inflammation

Ginger, turmeric, and a pinch of black pepper offer significant benefits in the treatment of inflammation, aid in digestion, and support detoxification of the body. Here’s a simple recipe to prepare a beneficial tea: 

Start by boiling 3 cups of water, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add a 4 cm cube of freshly grated ginger and a 2.5 cm cube of freshly grated turmeric (or substitute with 1/2 teaspoon of dried turmeric). To enhance the taste, you can add a small amount of honey once the tea has cooled to a drinkable temperature (remember not to heat honey above 108 degrees). It is recommended to consume 1-3 cups of this tea blend daily between meals. 

Alternatively, you can opt for a different method by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of dried ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of dried turmeric with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice. Take this mixture at noon and again before bedtime on a daily basis. 

6. Reduce overall stress in your daily life.

Learn to be zen and master your emotions to control inflammation.

Stress is a prevalent factor that often triggers and contributes to inflammation. Hence, it is crucial to prioritize self-care and allow yourself some personal space while undergoing this vital healing process.

Anti-stress practices:

  • Yoga restorative
  • light exercise
  • Meditation
  • Nature walks (or any other walk)
  • Ginger Baths or Sauna (See #7)
  • Self-oil massage (see #3)
  • Reduce your workload and prioritize your obligations
  • Keeping a clean and organized home and workspace
  • Make room for fun, family time every week
  • Make room to relax every day (even a few minutes)
  • Avoid conflicts and unpleasant people
  • Surround yourself with good company
  • Eat hot, home-cooked meals
  • Take several deep breaths throughout the day

5. Take baking soda ginger baths weekly.

The use of a ginger baking soda bath offers not only stress reduction but also significant benefits for alleviating pain and inflammation in the body. To prepare the bath, add 1/3 cup of powdered ginger and 1/3 cup of baking soda to warm bath water, ensuring thorough stirring until complete dissolution. If desired, you can enhance the experience by incorporating cooling essential oils like rose, lavender, or lemongrass. It is recommended to take a baking soda ginger bath at least 1-2 times per week, or as needed, to experience its soothing effects.

6. There are other specific remedies for joint inflammation with powerful anti-inflammatory properties

Ginger possesses natural anti-inflammatory properties and serves as a catalyst when combined with other substances.

An Ayurvedic remedy specifically recommended for joint inflammation is castor oil, which contains potent anti-inflammatory properties and demonstrates a special affinity for the joints. However, it is important to note that the dosage of castor oil should be determined and guided by a therapist or doctor, as it varies depending on individual factors such as constitution, weight, and age.

This remedy also aids in the removal of toxins from the joints, a well-known contributor to inflammation and irritation.

When it comes to herbal remedies for Pitta disorders and inflammation, bitter herbs are generally regarded as the most potent and effective options.

9. Use bitter herbs

Gentian, menyanthe and centaury, radicchio, dandelion, endive, arugula or chicory, artichoke, celery, citrus peel, cocoa, cabbage and all crucifers.

It is recommended to use organic ingredients as much as possible, especially when it comes to citrus peel or zest.

Or even turmeric, gugglu, ashwagandha, cinnamon and holy basil are also very good.

I hope you will apply these tips to respect your body and yourself. We don’t have a spare body, taking care of him should be your first priority.

Regarding everything I told you, I will add that to be more effective you must know your constitution in order to choose the herbs that suit you to act effectively.

I remind you that you can take a free Diagnosis call with me to talk about your situation and the health goals you want to achieve.

And if you are really conscious about the importance of your health and your own healing power, learn ayurveda. This program is open to everyone and practical to be able to practice at home or professional goals. Each one learns from each other and more when we have different professional universe. Click here.

References

Inflammation and Cancer: Triggers, Mechanisms and Consequences

Why Cancer and Inflammation?

Oxidative Stress and Inflammation: From Mechanisms to Therapeutic Approaches

Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in Multiple Sclerosis

Exploring the Links between Diet and Inflammation: Dairy Foods as Case Studies

Excessive intake of sugar: An accomplice of inflammation

Diet Rich in Simple Sugars Promotes Pro-Inflammatory Response via Gut Microbiota Alteration and TLR4 Signaling

Gluten, Inflammation, and Neurodegeneration

Acid-base balance

Why acid-base balance is important for your health?

Acid base balance

How to do it and to know if you are more acidic than alkaline?

This is the topic for you, your mind and body!

I’ve been following an Ayurvedic diet for years now. This diet has allowed me to feel much better with greater energy and better digestion, however However, I need to be vigilant because of the seasons and my Ayurvedic constitution

I’m mostly Vata-Pitta and if I’m not careful I can suffer from heartburn and reflux. These symptoms can appear when I am in a hot environment and I manage to rebalance with food.

I also practice specific breathing exercises to avoid all this. I’ll tell you about it a bit below.

Acid-base balance: the principle

The concept of acidity or alkalinity is linked to the pH (potential Hydrogen). You may remember your high school chemistry class: pH is measured on a scale of 0 to 14.

7 is neutral pH; above 7: the pH is basic or alkaline; below 7: the pH is acidic.

This scale is logarithmic: the change of one pH unit implies that the acidity or the alkalinity is multiplied by a factor of 10. Thus a water of pH 6 is ten times more acidic than a water of pH 7; pH 5 water is 100 times more acidic than pH 7 water.

Blood is slightly basic with a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. The stomach is very acidic, with a pH around 3.5, which allows it to dissolve food. The pH of the urine varies according to what you have eaten, this is what allows, among other things, to balance the blood pH. If the pH of the blood becomes too acidic, the body will draw on these mineral stores from the organs and bones to neutralize the acidity.

So too long an acid state condition can go undetected for years, while slowly doing damage.

A very small pH fluctuation towards acidity and symptoms of acid-base imbalance will appear: runny nose, chronic colds, more fatigue, more difficult digestion, joint pain, dry skin, acid reflux , canker sores, brittle nails and hair…

Thus, having bodily fluids in an alkaline state is what is aimed for in order to have optimal health.

What are the benefits?

if your guts are good, your health shines.

The benefits are:

  • Increased oxygen levels
  • More efficient immune system
  • More supple, younger-looking skin
  • Improved quality of sleep Higher
  • energy levels
  • Better digestion
  • Healthy bones
  • Greater clarity Mental
  • Joints Without Pain

One way to tell if you are too acidic is to measure the acidity of your urine or saliva with test strips. They are easily available in all pharmacies.

How to make your diet alkaline

Ban processed and junk food: full of preservatives and additives.

All the foods we eat produce after digestion a basic or acidic residue which is released into the blood. Our blood must be kept strictly within a certain range of the pH scale: a deviation of 0.2 towards acids can be fatal. Thus, if we consume too many acidifying foods, to maintain the acid-base balance, hormesis mechanisms are triggered to alkalize the blood by recovering nutrients from the organs.

Alkaline versus acid

It is necessary to take care on the one hand, to consume enough alkalizing foods, on the other hand, to avoid consuming too many acidifying foods, under penalty of seeing this precious reserve diminished.

Having a sufficient amount of basic nutrients is essential for the balance of body pH.

The modern diet includes a very high proportion of acidifying foods such as proteins, cereals, processed and sugary products. Plus the consumption of coffee and alcohol and this creates a strongly acidifying ground.

And fruits and vegetables, which are alkalizing, are often in insufficient portions to restore the balance.

The alkaline character of a food is what results from it after its digestion: thus a fruit with an acid taste like lemon is generally considered to be alkalizing because it provides alkalizing minerals to the body. 

Metabolism role

However, a person’s metabolism also comes into play: if a person’s metabolism is inefficient, acidic foods will have an acidifying action.

An alkaline food will form a significant amount of basic minerals such as: potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, iron…

An acidic food will form a significant amount of acidic minerals such as: chlorine, sulfur, phosphorus, nitrogen ,…

Acidifying foods are typically denser and more difficult to digest. They are anabolic foods, tending to be stored more easily. While alkalizing foods will have a cleansing and detoxifying effect.

Among acidic foods, we can also distinguish between strong acids and weak acids:

Strong acids need to be associated with minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium or calcium to be digested.

Weak acids such as acetic acid that can be found in vinegar or most fruits can combine with water to form carbonic acid which will then be expelled as carbon dioxide through respiration. These foods also contain alkaline minerals, which will be the residue carried in the blood. They are therefore alkalizing.

However, this may depend on the person’s metabolism, as we mentioned above: in the event of metabolic weakness, they may also create acid residues. This is the case for tomatoes, lemons, vinegar, honey, rhubarb, etc.

The main acidifying foods are:

  • Foods rich in protein: red meat, egg whites
  • Refined foods
  • Cheeses, particularly fermented cheeses
  • Sodas, coffee, alcohol
  • Legumes
  • Nuts (all varieties except almonds and Brazil nuts)
Consume enough alkalizing food and avoid too much acidic food. find the balance

The main alkalizing foods are:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Spinach
  • Avocados
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Bananas blackberries
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Seaweed
  • Potatoes
  • Chestnuts

If you have trouble keeping the balance on your plate, you can also put the odds in your favor by filling your glass with alkaline water.

You can buy it directly from the store or make it yourself by adding a pinch of Himalayan salt or baking soda.

Don’t mix everything : food incompatibility:

Modern science continues to validate Ayurvedic wisdom a little more every day. And the question of food compatibility is no exception to the rule. Here is what the rishis, our grandmothers and the scientists recommend to us.

First of all, I would like to remind you that Ayurveda does not recommend drastically changing your habits overnight. It is wise to know the principles to observe how they affect our daily lives and know how to correct when we feel the need. Self-knowledge combined with Ayurvedic knowledge is a process that begins with observation.

The most important: your digestive fire

The importance of the right food combinations lies in the vital role of our digestive fire. Agni, the fire, is what animates us, what transforms our energy into action and what illuminates our intellect. A weak digestive fire creates disorders such as gas, bloating, indigestion; and when we feed it badly, it gets worse until it creates a form of fermentation and putrefaction in our digestive system.

Once our digestive system is polluted, it pours the surplus into our body and this creates disease. It is therefore necessary to take care to maintain a strong digestive fire and to give it the fuel adapted to its capacity.

There are many tricks to fortify your digestive fire such as adding herbs and spices, or eating fresh ginger before the meal, or even drinking a few sips of hot water at the table. But the main thing to maintain a healthy digestive system and good health is to follow a diet adapted to your constitution: the Pitta types, an anti-Pitta diet, the Vata types, an anti-Vata diet and the Kapha types, an anti-Vata diet. anti Kapha.

For all constitutions, the rules of Ayurvedic food combinations are the same. The right combinations are those that our digestive fire has the best ability to transform into positive energy, those that won’t stay on our stomachs, burn it or gasify. Here they are:

Fruits

Because they are digested very quickly, fruits should be eaten alone. The rule is 30min before meals or 3 hours after.

Cereals

Combine with everything except fruit and milk.

Vegetables

Go well with everything except fruit, nuts and milk.

Beans and legumes

Go well with cereals and vegetables.

Solanaceae (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers). Do not mix with cucumbers or with any dairy product.

Nuts

To be eaten alone, or with cereals only.

Milk

It is better to consume it alone, outside of meals. It still combines quite well with dates, almonds, and in porridge.

Butter and Ghee

Universally Combinable. Exception of ghee with honey, which only combine in different proportions.

Yoghurt and Cheese

Pair with cereals and vegetables only.

Animal proteins

Consume with green vegetables and cereals only. Above all, do not mix the proteins together.

Other useful tips:

– Avoid raw and cooked foods in the same meal

– Cooking foods together improves their ability to combine with each other

Be vigilant, be flexible, be creative

Use your breath

Way of breathing increases the pH by reducing the level of carbon dioxide.

Another method to alkalize your body fluids is breathing.

Carbon dioxide is acidifying. Breathing deeply will lead to better oxygenation and lower carbon dioxide levels in the blood.

A very effective technique for implementing alkalizing breathing is the Wim Hof ​​method.

This method is based on 3 pillars:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Exposure to cold
  • Strengthening the mind

Here is the method:

  1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position
  2. Take 30 deep breaths, filling your belly with oxygen, your lungs, your head, to the max.
  3. On the last breath, exhale and hold your breath, lungs empty.
  4. Stay as long as possible
  5. Inhale and hold your breath, lungs full for 15 seconds
  6. Repeat the cycle 2 more times.

This way of breathing increases the pH by reducing the level of carbon dioxide.

This breathing cycle makes it possible to significantly increase the holding time with empty lungs.

Indeed, this cycle begins with hyperventilation. However, hyperventilation drastically reduces the level of CO2 in the blood. 

At the beginning of empty lung retention, we start with very low CO2 levels. However, one of the main activators to catch your breath is the level of CO2. According to some physiologists, 80% of the need to breathe comes from high CO2 levels and 20% from low O2 levels.

A high blood pH level results in a hyper-excitable state of the nervous system. It provides a feeling, often unpleasantly connoted, of loss of control, similar to what one can experience during an anxiety attack.

It is also an opportunity to show oneself that one is capable of inducing this state oneself, of activating it as well as deactivating it.

Take action on your lifestyle

The sattvic state is a state of harmony, purity and inner peace. In this state, we are inspired, focused, we feel joy, contentment, love

Our way of life is also important when it comes to restoring an acid-base balance. We have seen the importance of oxygenation.

  • Do physical activity
  • Minimize stressful situations as much as possible
  • Take regular “breaks” for breathing, pranayama
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat slowly and chew your food well

Practicing yoga is an excellent way to act on your relationship to stress and activate the parasympathetic system.

By the importance given to breathing, yoga can oxygenate the tissues in depth.

Poses in flexions, like the Inverted Triangle, Ardha Matsyendrasana, the crocodile,… where certain organs are compressed will highlight the role of the breath, especially if one concentrates on a visualization of the breath in the solar plexus and throughout the belly when taking these postures.

On the Pranayama side, it is the breaths of Kapalabhati and Nadi Shodhana that will be particularly indicated.

Kapalabathi will act on the hyperventilating side. It is a breath that brings a lot of oxygen and cleans the respiratory system.

While Nadi Shoddhana is a very calming and soothing breath for the mind.

Here are some other ideas for breathing techniques:

Lengthen the times of expiration and inhalation and put all your intention into every movement you make. Try to feel the space created in your body, feel your lungs expand and your whole body become more fluid.

Finally, to solidify your bones, perhaps demineralized by an overly acidifying diet, more anchored and stronger postures such as:

  • The tree Vriksasana
  • The crow bakasana
  • The Warrior Virabhadrasana 
  •  combined with a breath of Bhastrika to increase the oxygenating effect, will be beneficial to build a good foundation.

The Ayurvedic perspective 

Ayurveda places great importance on food. If you follow me on the podcasts you know that this one is adapted to each individual, according to his Dosha.

If we eat seasonal, fresh, unprocessed and non-industrial foods, this balance will occur naturally.

I do not recommend fermented cheeses which are very acidifying.

Using spices is also very important, on the one hand for their therapeutic effects and on the other hand will allow to reach a basic pH: thyme, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric… This makes the plate come coloured, pleasant to the eyes and to the taste. 

Among these spices a particular note for ginger, particularly alkalizing.

By following the precepts of Ayurvedic cuisine, even independently of your Dosha, you will naturally tend towards a more basic diet.

Also take the time to enjoy each food.

Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic food

We will also favor sattvic foods, with a little rajas food and very little tamas

  • sattva: which brings harmony, purity, truth, beauty, calm
  • rajas: change, energy, passions, strength, desire, ego
  • tamas: attachment, darkness, darkness, heaviness , inertia, coldness.

So,

  • sattva could be related to the alkaline state,
  • rajas could be related to the neutral state,
  • tamas could be related to the acid state.

The sattvic state is a state of harmony, purity and inner peace. In this state, we are inspired, focused, we feel joy, contentment, love.

Our body feels light and full of energy. We master it perfectly. We give without expecting anything in return. A fulfilling life is a life where sattvic moments are predominant.

The sattvic quality can be infused differently:

  • by practicing sattvic activities: such as meditation or yoga
  • by adopting positive thoughts
  • by walking in a sattvic environment: a lake, a forest, …
  • by surrounding oneself with people who are sattvic dominant: calm and benevolent
  • by adopting a sattvic diet:

* The following foods are considered sattvic: fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products of biological origin, nuts, vegetables, honey, oils (note that nuts, honey, dairy products are considered acidifying).

* Preparation is also important: the meal must have been freshly prepared and with a loving intention. Food must not have been made in a process that is harmful to the environment, animals or human beings.

One can see the parallels between the pursuit of the sattvic state and the alkaline state.

Conclusion

I always favor sattvic foods and eating in calm and gratitude.

Even if Ayurveda advocates advice to apply that makes sense for everyone, regardless of Dosha.

The general recommendations are very interesting: get oxygen more often, reduce your stress level, do breathing exercises…

In short, return to a more basic way of life!

Take care. Hari Om.

References

Physiology, Acid Base Balance

Acid-Base Homeostasis

Understanding Acid-Base Disorders

Acid Balance, Dietary Acid Load, and Bone Effects

The therapeutic importance of acid-base balance

 

Chronic pain syndrome

Nervous system plays a critical role in the experience of chronic pain

Chronic pain syndrome is a complex and often debilitating condition in which an individual experiences pain that persists for more than three months, despite medical treatment or other interventions.

The causes of chronic pain syndrome are not fully understood, but there are several factors that may contribute to its development. These can include physical injury or trauma, underlying medical conditions, changes in the nervous system, emotional factors, genetics, and lifestyle factors, exposure to electromagnetic fields exposure, pollutions…

What factors can explain chronic pain?

How nervous system can lead to chronic pain

The nervous system plays a critical role in the experience of chronic pain. Chronic pain can cause changes in the nervous system, leading to a state of hypersensitivity or hyperexcitability. These changes can occur at various levels of the nervous system, including the peripheral nerves, spinal cord, and brain. For example, in chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, there is evidence of alterations in the processing of pain signals in the spinal cord and brain, leading to an increased sensitivity to pain.

Emotions…emotions

Emotional factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression can also contribute to the development and persistence of chronic pain. These emotional factors can cause changes in the brain’s limbic system, which is involved in the regulation of emotions and pain perception. Chronic stress, for example, can lead to an increase in the production of stress hormones such as cortisol, which can exacerbate inflammation and pain.

Chronic pain is debilitating, affects mood, postures and relationships

Genetics

Genetics may also play a role in the development of chronic pain syndrome. Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to conditions such as fibromyalgia or chronic migraines, which are associated with chronic pain. Certain genetic variations may also affect the way an individual processes pain signals or responds to treatment.

When you will decide to take care of you?

Lifestyle factors such as poor sleep, lack of exercise, and a diet high in processed foods and sugar can contribute to the development and persistence of chronic pain. Poor sleep, for example, can lead to changes in the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in pain perception and mood regulation. Lack of exercise can lead to a decrease in muscle strength and flexibility, which can exacerbate pain.

Electromagnetic field…most are not aware of their effects

Finally, electromagnetic emissions have been studied as a potential factor in chronic pain. Some studies have suggested that exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) may be associated with an increased risk of chronic pain. You can have some more information here

There are several studies about how electromagnetic emissions may be involved in chronic pain. One is that EMFs interfere with the body’s natural electrical and magnetic fields, which can disrupt the normal functioning of cells and tissues. This disruption may lead to inflammation and other changes that can contribute to chronic pain.

Electromagnetic emissions have been studied as a potential factor in chronic pain

Another is that EMFs may affect the production and release of certain chemicals in the body, such as neurotransmitters and hormones, which can influence pain perception and sensitivity. For example, exposure to EMFs has been shown to increase the production of inflammatory cytokines, which can contribute to pain and inflammation.

It is important to minimize exposure to sources of EMFs, such as cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, and other electronic devices, to reduce the potential risk of chronic pain and other health issues.

So, chronic pain syndrome is a complex condition that involves various factors, including changes in the nervous system, emotional factors, genetics, and lifestyle factors.

Integrative medicine to treat chronic pain

By understanding these factors, healthcare providers develop a multimodal approach called integrative medicine to the treatment of chronic pain. It includes allopathy and traditional medicines like yoga and ayurveda that addresses the underlying causes of the pain and promotes overall well-being.

How yoga and ayurveda can be effective for chronic pain?

Yoga alleviate stress pain improve sleep mindfullness decrease inflammation

Yoga and Ayurveda look for the root of the symptom. Even though the combination of allopathic and traditional medicine gives excellent results, the flaw of allopathic medicine is that it treats the symptom without seeking the cause. It is therefore necessary, in certain pathologies, to combine the two to obtain an effective treatment. Once the root of the problem is found, a protocol of mental, physical and spiritual practices is implemented with the patient.

It should be noted, however, that many disorders or diseases can be avoided through prevention, awareness, and intervention at the first stage of the disease, through yoga and ayurveda.

Symptoms of chronic pain syndrome

They can vary widely and may include persistent pain that can be dull, achy, sharp, shooting, or burning in nature. Other common symptoms can include fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood changes, and difficulty concentrating. Because chronic pain syndrome can be a complex condition with a wide range of symptoms, effective treatment often requires a multimodal approach that addresses both the physical and psychological factors contributing to the pain.

The effectiveness of yoga in the management of chronic pain

Yoga is a holistic practice that incorporates physical postures, breathing techniques, and mindfulness practices, all of which can help to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve physical function.

Several studies (see them in the references chapter below) have shown that yoga can be an effective therapy for the management of chronic pain by reducing it, improving neuromechanical and biochemical functions such:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Hormonal issues due to neurotransmitters imbalances

Yoga alleviate chronic pain by reducing inflammation in the body because chronic pain is often associated with inflammation And yoga practices reduce inflammation in the body.

Additionally, many types of chronic pain cited above, such as back pain, can be exacerbated by poor posture and reduced mobility. Yoga postures improve flexibility, strengthen the muscles that support the spine, promote better alignment either in the mind than physically, all of which can help to reduce pain and improve physical function.

How yoga reduce inflammation in the body

By reducing stress.

Stress triggers the release of cortisol and other stress hormones, which can cause inflammation in the body. By reducing stress, yoga is able to reduce inflammation as well.

Certain yoga poses like forward bends, twists, and inversions help to reduce inflammation in the body. These poses stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can help to reduce stress and inflammation. Some examples include Child’s Pose (Balasana), Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana), and Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani).

Also pranayama with deep breathing practices such as alternate nostril breathing (nadi shodhana) and bellows breath (bhastrika) have been shown to increase vagal tone and reduce inflammation in the body.

It is time to integrate yoga as an integrative medicine

By increasing mindfulness.

Yoga practices such as meditation and deep breathing increase mindfulness and awareness of the present moment. This helps to reduce and master negative emotions such as anxiety and depression, which have been linked to increased inflammation.

Mindfulness meditation practices: scan meditation and loving-kindness meditation have been shown to reduce inflammation markers in the body.

By improving sleep.

Sleep is important for regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation. Yoga is helpful for improving sleep quality, which in turn can help to reduce inflammation.

Yoga nidra is a guided practice that involves a systematic relaxation of the body and mind. It has been shown to reduce inflammation markers in the body.

By stimulating the vagus nerve.

The vagus nerve is a key regulator of the immune system and inflammation. Some yoga practices, such as deep breathing and specific poses stimulate the vagus nerve which reduce inflammation.

By reducing weight:

Yoga help for reducing body weight and BMI, and balance hormonal disruptions which are associated with increased inflammation.

As I can see with my practicionner, Yoga and specific technics activate their relaxation response by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. It is responsible for the “relaxation response.” When the relaxation response is activated, their bodies switches from the “fight or flight” response to a state of deep relaxation. This shift helps to reduce their stress and inflammation.

Because Yoga reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body. It enhances sleep quality which is important for regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation. The immune system plays a key role in regulating inflammation.

Overall, Yoga have powerful effects on the nervous system and reduce inflammation in the body by promoting:

  • relaxation,
  • reducing stress,
  • improving sleep quality,
  • increasing mindfulness,
  • and boosting immune function,
  • and correcting the mind and physical postures.

Ayurveda: another golden key to fight chronic pain

Meal is sacred and should take a special place in our life. Fresh and joyful.

If you read me, you know that I always link my articles’ topic with Yoga and Ayurveda. Those both sisters sciences lead to wonderful results and we really should apply their principles in our lives.

As a reminder Ayurveda is the Indian traditional system of medicine based on the concept of balance between mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic remedies for chronic pain  are tailored to the individual’s specific needs. And specifically to it prakriti (personal ayurvedic constitution).

According to Ayurveda, chronic pain can be caused by an imbalance in any of the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Each dosha is associated with specific qualities and functions in the body, and an imbalance in any of these can lead to chronic pain.

Role of doshas in chronic pain syndrom

Vata dosha is associated with movement and communication in the body, and an imbalance in Vata can cause dryness, coldness, and instability. Vata imbalances can lead to conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and nerve pain.

Pitta dosha is associated with metabolism and digestion, and an imbalance in Pitta can cause heat, inflammation, and acidity. Pitta imbalances can lead to conditions such as migraines, headaches, and inflammatory pain.

Kapha dosha is associated with structure and stability in the body, and an imbalance in Kapha can cause heaviness, congestion, and stagnation. Kapha imbalances can lead to conditions such as joint pain, osteoarthritis, and lymphatic congestion.

The approach that we use in Ayurveda to managing chronic pain syndrome involves identifying the doshic imbalances. That may be contributing to the pain and developing a personalized treatment plan that addresses these imbalances.

Our treatment plan may include dietary and lifestyle changes, herbal remedies, body therapies, yoga and meditation practices. All that are tailored to the patient’s unique constitution and imbalances.

Some ayurvedic remedies tips?

I give you some examples of Ayurvedic remedies for chronic pain that can include:

Turmeric: Turmeric is a spice that is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to reduce inflammation in the body. It contains a compound called curcumin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger: Ginger is another spice that is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to reduce pain and inflammation. It contains compounds called gingerols and shogaols, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Each food has unique properties, use this natural pharmacy given by nature

Massage: Ayurvedic massage, known as abhyanga, can help to reduce pain and promote relaxation. The massage is typically performed using warm herbal oils that are chosen based on the individual’s specific needs.

Yoga: As mentioned above, yoga can be an effective therapy for the management of chronic pain. Ayurvedic yoga, known as hatha, vinyasa yoga, is a type of yoga that is specifically tailored to the individual’s dosha, or body type.

In conclusion, chronic pain syndrome is a complex condition that can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.

A multimodal approach that includes complementary therapies such as yoga and Ayurveda may help to alleviate pain, improve physical function, and promote overall well-being.

As always, anyone with chronic pain should consult with their healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program or complementary therapy.

References

Yoga as a treatment for chronic low back pain

Effectiveness of Yoga Intervention for Chronic Neck Pain

Efficacy of a biomechanically-based yoga exercise program in knee osteoarthritis

The Yoga of Awareness program in the management of fibromyalgia

Role of Yoga in Cancer Patients

Yoga for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

Occupational exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields and the risk of ALS

Extremely Low Frequency-Electromagnetic Fields (ELF-EMF) Can Decrease Spermatocyte Count and Motility and Change Testicular Tissue

Adverse Impacts of 5G Wireless Networks: Analysis, Computation and Mitigation of RF-EMF Exposure on Human’s Health

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How to improve focus & concentration

The brain is a complex organ responsible for many cognitive processes including focus and concentration.

Our brain is powerful and our best friend if we care about it.

Several brain regions are involved in focus and concentration, including the prefrontal cortex, parietal cortex, and basal ganglia.

When we try to focus on a task, these regions of the brain work together to filter out distractions and keep attention on the task at hand.

What is the difference between concentration and focus?

While “focus” and “concentration” are often used interchangeably, there is a subtle difference between the two terms.

Focus refers to the ability to direct one’s attention to a particular task or activity, while ignoring distractions. It involves being fully engaged and present in the moment and directing your full attention to the task at hand.

Concentration, on the other hand, refers to the ability to maintain focused attention over a long period of time. It involves the ability to sustain attention and stay focused on a task, even in the face of distractions or fatigue.

In other words, concentration is the initial act of directing attention, while concentration is the sustained ability to sustain that attention over time.

Focus and concentration are important for productivity, learning and success. By developing these two skills, you can improve your ability to stay on task, ignore distractions, and achieve your goals.

The factors of lack of concentration and attention.

We are too much multi-tasking impeding our focus and our values

Distractions

In today’s world, there are countless distractions that can divert our attention from the task at hand. Examples include social media notifications, emails, phone calls, conversations, and environmental factors such as noise or clutter.

Take a break! To feel your inner capabilities.

Neurotransmitter imbalances.

Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that help regulate mood, cognition, and metabolism. Imbalances in neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin can interfere with attention and concentration.

Both dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers in the brain that communicate through neurons. Serotonin is linked to emotions like happiness, focus, and relaxation, while dopamine is associated with reward, motivation, and productivity.

Norepinephrine, also called noradrenaline, functions as both a neurotransmitter and a hormone, and it is vital to the “fight-or-flight” response in your body. It increases alertness, arousal and attention, constricts blood vessels, which helps maintain blood pressure in times of stress and affects your sleep-wake cycle, mood and memory.

Imbalances in this neurotransmitters can lead to anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), headaches, memory problems, sleeping problems, low blood pressure (hypotension), low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), changes in blood pressure, heart rate.

Stress, chronic stress and anxiety.

Chronical stress and anxiety, other big reasons for lacking of focus

When we are stressed or anxious, the brain’s “fight or flight” response is activated. It can interfere with attention and concentration by redirecting cognitive resources to deal with the perceived threat.

The mind is preoccupied and this can also cause physical symptoms like tension or restlessness which further impedes concentration.

People who suffer from chronic stress should practice Yoga, meditation and pranayama or any stress management technique.

Boredom

If a task isn’t engaging or challenging, it can be hard to stay focused. This is especially true for repetitive or mundane tasks.

Sleep deprivation

Lack of sleep has a profound impact on cognitive function, including attention and concentration. When we lack sleep, the brain’s ability to filter out distractions and maintain attention is compromised.

ADHD

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects attention, impulse control and hyperactivity. People with ADHD have trouble staying focused and are often distracted. It lacks organization and anchoring.

Environmental factors

Noise, visual stimuli and interruptions can also interfere with attention and concentration by overloading the brain’s ability to process information.

Environmental factors can lead to lack of focus

Overall, a lack of concentration is often the result of a complex interplay of factors in the brain and the environment. By understanding these factors and working to resolve them, you can improve your ability to focus and maintain your attention on the tasks that matter most.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes like those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause can affect cognitive function and lead to poor focus and concentration.

Aging

As we age, our cognitive function naturally declines, which can lead to a lack of focus and attention. However, staying physically and mentally active helps slow this decline.

How to improve your focus and concentration

There are several things you can do, but the nost important thing is to have good time with yourself…only.

Go inside, far of noise and cell phone, enjoy nature and yourself…

Reduce distractions

Try to minimize potential distractions by turning off notifications on your phone, closing unnecessary tabs on your computer, and finding a quiet workspace.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation and pranayama reduce stress and anxiety and improve your ability to concentrate.

Prioritize sleep

Make sure you get enough sleep each night to support your cognitive function. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night and establish a regular sleep schedule.

Exercise regularly

Regular exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function and reduce stress.

This eliminates accumulated mental and physical toxins, boosts the immune system and regeneration.

Split Tasks

If you are working on a large or complex task, break it down, it will be easier to manage. This will help you stay motivated and focused on each individual step.

Use a planner or calendar

Write down tasks and set specific deadlines to help you stay organized and focused on what needs to be done.

Stay hydrated and take care of your diet

Eat Omega 3

Drinking plenty of water and eating a balanced diet will help support cognitive function and improve your concentration.

It is important to remember that improving focus and concentration is often a gradual process and results can take time. If you continue to have trouble concentrating despite these strategies, developing yoga, meditation, and pranayama sessions can be helpful.

Yoga improves concentration and attention

Yoga is a great tool. A yoga practice involves mindful movement, breathing, and meditation, which help reduce stress and improve cognitive function. Also, some yoga poses like Vrkasana (Tree Pose) or Garudasana (Eagle Pose) require concentration and balance and train the mind to focus.

Yoga has also been shown to have a positive impact on mental health. For example, a 2017 study found that regular yoga practice was associated with improved attention and working memory in adults. the elderly.

I invite you to read this article on the significant impact of yogic practices on the brain.

Postures

Here I give you some postures and breaths that you can practice

Tree Pose (Vrksasana): This standing pose involves balancing on one foot while leaning on the other. It can help improve focus and concentration.

Eagle Pose (Garudasana): This pose requires focus and balance as you wrap one arm and leg around the other. It can help improve focus and concentration.

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): This pose stretches the spine and can help improve circulation to the brain, which can improve cognitive function.

Breathing exercises:

Ujjayi Breath: This breathing technique involves inhaling and exhaling through the nose while constricting the back of the throat. It can help calm the mind and reduce stress, which can improve focus and concentration.

Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing): This breathing technique involves inhaling through one nostril and exhaling through the other, alternating between the two. It can help balance the hemispheres of the brain and improve concentration. Learn how to practice it here.

Meditation techniques:

Mindfulness meditation is about focusing on the present moment without judgment. It can help improve concentration by training the mind to stay present and centered.

Meditation, yoga and pranyama are the keys

Transcendental meditation involves repeating a mantra to calm the mind and reduce stress. It has been shown to improve cognitive function and concentration. Check out my post from last week here.

With a loving-kindness meditation, one sends positive thoughts and feelings to oneself and others. This helps you improve your overall well-being and reduce your stress, which in turn improves concentration and attention.

It is important to note that yoga and meditation practices are highly individualized, so what works for one person may not work for another. It’s a good idea to experiment with different techniques and find what works best for you.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to work with a qualified yoga teacher or meditation instructor to ensure proper alignment and techniques. Book my services for effective results.

Your diet

Diet plays an important role in improving focus and concentration. I give you dietary recommendations and ayurvedic tips who will help you. The best is to know your prakriti (personal ayurvedic constitution) to learn which food are good for you and your digestive fire.

A balanced diet should be composed with a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats to provide the nutrients your brain needs to function properly.

Incorporates omega-3 fatty acids. They are present in fatty fish like salmon, sardines and tuna, as well as in walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds. They also reduce inflammation in the brain.

Limit processed foods and sugar. This is one of the best tips in Ayurvedic medicine. Processed foods and sugary drinks cause spikes and crashes in blood sugar. The impact on concentration and attention is significant. It is therefore best that you limit these foods and choose whole, unprocessed foods instead.

Stay hydrated because dehydration leads to fatigue, brain fog, and poor cognitive function. It is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day and lukewarm.

Consume caffeine in moderation. It can temporarily boost concentration and attention, but it is important to consume it in moderation as it can cause headaches, stomach aches, nervousness and delay sleep. And we are precisely looking to improve the quality of sleep!

It can also have a diuretic effect, causing flushing of the face, involuntary muscle contractions and restlessness.

Alcohol and drugs obviously alter cognitive functions and lead to a lack of concentration.

Some additional things to consider:

I give you here elements who can help you further:

Set yourself clear and specific goals. It will help youto stay focused and motivated. Make sure your goals are achievable and measurable, andbroken downbreak them down into smaller steps to make them more manageable.

Prioritize your tasks: Not all of your tasks are created equal. Identify the most important tasks and tackle them first when your focus and energy levels are at their highest.

Take breaks. Taking short breaks throughout the day helps you recharge your batteries and stay focused. Try brisk walking, stretching, or deep breathing exercises.

Uses self-talkpositive for build your confidence and stay motivated. Negative self-talk is demotivating and leads to a lack of focus.

Seek help. If you’re having trouble concentrating, don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family, or yoga teacher for help. Sometimes talking to someone else can help you gain a new perspective and find new strategies for improvement.

References

Difficulty Concentrating in Generalized Anxiety Disorder

How Concentration Shields Against Distraction

Tired and lack focus? Insomnia increases distractibility

Impact of Chronic Stress on Attention ControlThe impact of anxiety upon cognition

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Sleep deprivation: Impact on cognitive performance

Brain foods: the effects of nutrients on brain function

The Effect of Healthy Diet on Cognitive Performance

Personalized healthcare

Growth is healthy food, attitudes, mind and mindfulness

Vedic astrology and Ayurveda are beautiful tool for personnalized healthcare.

They share a holistic approach to health and well-being. They view the individual as a complex, interconnected system that is influenced by a variety of factors, including the environment, lifestyle, and mental and emotional state.

Vedic astrology and Ayurveda: complementary and alternative medicines

Our microcosmos in the macrocosmos

Vedic astrology and Ayurveda are linked because they both have their origins in the ancient texts of the Vedas. They are considered to be among the oldest and most important scriptures in Hinduism. Both Vedic astrology and Ayurveda are rooted in the concept of the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and ether) and their relationship to the human body and the natural world.

According to Ayurveda, each individual is composed of a unique combination of the five elements. These elements are represented by three doshas or biological energies: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. So unique means personalized healthcare.

The three doshas are not just physical elements but also represent psychological and emotional qualities. That’s why they are influencing individual’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. For example, Vata is associated with movement and creativity, Pitta with intelligence and leadership, and Kapha with stability and grounding.

Imbalances in these doshas can lead to various physical and mental health issues, and work to restore balance through diet, lifestyle, mind behaviors…and herbal remedies.

As an ayurvedic practitioner, I use various techniques to balance them promoting health and longevity.

Birth chart interpretation for personalized healthcare

Chart and Houses in Vedic Astrology

Similarly, Vedic astrology views an individual’s astrological chart as a reflection of their unique qualities and potentials, as well as their karmic patterns and life lessons.

The chart is used to better understand the strengths and challenges of each individual. It determines the unique energetic makeup of the individual, including their dosha balance. And it can be used to provide insights into their health, personality, and life path., as well as the opportunities and obstacles you may face in your life, both on health issues and in the different spheres of life. I may recommend specific remedies, such as wearing certain gemstones or performing specific rituals, to balance the energies represented in the chart.

The chart is divided into twelve houses. Each of which represents a different area of life, such as career, relationships, and health…

The Nava Grahas

Planets and stars are also associated with the five elements and the three doshas.

Their placements and their relationship to the houses and the doshas are used to determine the individual’s dosha balance. Planets are influencing your personality, life events, and overall destiny, your health… And this informations can be used to guide diet, lifestyle, and herbal remedies to promote health and balance.

I use this knowledge to corroborate the ayurvedic constitution and recommend specific remedies and practices. The goal is to balance an individual’s energies and promote well-being.

Vedic astrology shows us which period a health problem can occur. This is a wonderful tool to prevent imbalances or diseases, cure or limit them by ayurvedic or planetary remedies.

Both Vedic astrology and Ayurveda also emphasize the importance of living in harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles of the universe. It is highly recommended to follow a daily routine that is aligned with the cycles of the sun and moon, and use the positions of the planets to determine auspicious times for important life events.

We understand that these sciences are deeply intertwined and complementary practices that offer a holistic understanding of health, well-being, and harmony in all areas of life.

They recognize the existence of the subtle body, which is made up of energy channels (nadis), energy centers (chakras), and life force energy (prana). This understanding provides a framework for understanding the connection between the physical body and the mind, emotions, and spirit

Individual prakriti as a diagnostic tool

For example, if a person’s birth chart shows a predominance of the Vata dosha, they may be prone to anxiety, insomnia, and digestive issues. I may recommend a Vata-pacifying diet, which includes warm, nourishing foods and spices, as well as lifestyle changes such as practicing calming activities with specific yoga, meditation and pranayama technics.

Similarly, if a person’s birth chart shows a predominance of the Pitta dosha, they may be prone to inflammation, digestive issues, and anger. In this case, I may recommend a Pitta-pacifying diet, which includes cooling, soothing foods and spices, as well as lifestyle changes such as avoiding excessive heat and practicing activities that promote relaxation and balance.

In addition to providing insights into dosha balance and health, the Ayurvedic birth chart can also be used to guide spiritual and personal growth. The placement of the planets and houses can provide insights into the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, and these informations can be used to guide spiritual practices and personal development.

Overall, the Ayurvedic birth chart is a powerful tool for understanding your unique energetic makeup, guiding diet, lifestyle, and herbal remedies to promote your health and balance in your life. This mean is a real personalized healthcare tool.

Vedic astrology and Ayurveda as Self-awareness, physical and spiritual growth assitant.

Change your life and burn your old patterns: personalized your healthcare

Holistic approach:

Vedic astrology and Ayurveda take a holistic approach to health and well-being. They recognize that the physical body is interconnected with the mind, emotions, and spirit. By addressing all aspects of your being, including your diet, lifestyle, emotions, and spiritual practices, you can achieve greater balance and harmony.

This holistic approach provides a foundation for treating the whole person, rather than just the physical symptoms of illness.

Individualized and personalized healthcare:

Both take a personalized approach to health, recognizing that you are unique and requires individualized treatment. By understanding your dosha balance and birth chart, you can identify specific diet and lifestyle changes. Why? Because that will support your unique constitution and promote optimal health.

Prevention of illness:

Vedic astrology and Ayurveda place a strong emphasis on prevention of illness through healthy diet and lifestyle practices, as well as regular self-care practices. By practicing preventive medicine, you can avoid many common health problems and promote longevity.

Natural remedies

They emphasize the use of natural remedies, including herbs, spices, and other natural substances, to support health and treat illness. These remedies are safe and effective, with fewer side effects than conventional medications. They are so precise in their properties that they integrate so well for personalized healthcare.

Spiritual growth:

Vedic astrology and Ayurveda recognize that health is not just the absence of disease, but also includes spiritual well-being. By practicing spiritual disciplines, you can cultivate greater awareness and inner peace. In these difficult times we need more than ever to take care of ourselves. It can be by practicing meditation, yoga, and pranayama,

Both sciences are rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Vedas and share a common understanding of the relationship between the human body, the natural world, and the universe as a whole.

Reading an Ayurvedic birth chart requires a deep understanding of astrology and Ayurveda. As well as an ability to interpret the chart in the context of the individual’s unique circumstances and experiences. It is recommended that you seek guidance from an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner or astrologer. If you are interested in exploring your own birth chart, feel free to contact me.

Spiritual growth is depending your awareness to this world

“Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom and the end of fear.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

References

Integrated concept of medical astrology and ayurveda

Medical Astrology and its Relation to Modern Psychiatry

Combining astrology and healthcare: your medical horoscopes

Scientists have discovered how the month you’re born matters for your health

Mantra Yoga – Healing Mantras

Mantra Yoga. The growth of the mind.

What is mantra Yoga and why is it healing? Behind the practice of mantras hides a science.

Saturated by media coverage and over-information, our brains are in turmoil unable to think without influence and with intelligent judgment.

This pollution, both visual and sound, prevents us from making well-considered decisions, from concentrating on our tasks, from channeling our emotions, from taking a step back to learn the lessons of life and build our path in consciousness.

The tiniest noises are part of our daily life, such as the hum of the fridge, the quivering of halogens, road traffic, electromagnetic waves from laptops and computers… In short, a whole range of pollution with consequences on our body which treats all those vibrations that tire our nervous and immune systems.

However, it is complicated to isolate yourself in the Himalayan mountains or to go to a cave…

So how do you repair and evolve?

How to master your mind and body and to initiate your mind growth?

How to relax your mind?

It is the subject of this article that will give you a powerful key for healing and self-realization.

First let me introduce the subject step by step.

The science of mantras is a very technical subject offered by ancestral wisdom and more precisely the veda. The vedas form in a way the Sanatana dharma. But this one goes way beyond that. These oldest Hindu texts allow the human mind to grasp the teaching of the rishis, those Indian sages who have received the Truth.

The Sanatana Dharma tells us about the natural order that has always existed. The principles of the cycles, of the 5 elements of Nature, the law of cause and effect, the meaning of existence, the secrets of energy transmission, perceptions, behavioral tendencies, the interdependencies between planets and stars, the techniques of communication with the immaterial world, all this brings together the teachings of Sanatana Dharma.

Why do we make sounds?

One of the functions of sound emissions in humans is self-healing.

The harmonized sounds coming from our body vibrate all our cells, fluids and spaces, creating an internal massage that is extremely conducive to well-being.

Have you ever experienced singing? Why are singing lessons packed?

Do you know that for millennia voice work has been used as a healing and harmonizing method against physical and mental imbalances.

Our body has the ability to emit purifying, calming sounds to cleanse the negative.

In India, the practice of mantras finds its origin in the research carried out by the rishis, ancient sages, who studied the principles of action of sounds on our different physical, energetic and mental bodies.

What allowed Sanskrit to be born and to become this magic? Even those who hear it for the first time confirm it. These sounds jostle us, confront us and charm us.

Chanting mantras is a deep and healing process

Mantras for health

Mantra japa

Chanting mantras is therapy. The sound sequences pronounced in Sanskrit, according to specific codes, awaken cosmic energies attuning us to the forces of nature and harmonizing us.

They harmonize us personally but also those around us, so it is a way to avoid violence and societal aggressiveness.

Today we see the birth of the name mantra therapy because mantras relax your mind, energize stagnant energy and release tension.

Mantras are effective in the management of digestive disorders, fertility, insomnia, migraines, depression and hormonal imbalances...

You just have to believe in it, practice and understand this quantum functioning.

Many in the West have taken to listening to mantras in their cars, while shopping, at home…why…because they soothe and balance the mind.

Behind the practice of mantras hides a science.

Today in the West, we popularize, but behind this popularization there is a loss of purity and rigor in mantric practices.

Mantras are practiced without understanding the Sanskrit language which inevitably leads to the loss of their magic and energy laws.

Mantras are specific phonetic codes. The more we respect these codes, the more we ensure their effectiveness.

A mantra is a code in Sanskrit, not an autosuggestion in our native language…otherwise it is called an autosuggestion and not a mantra.

The growth of the mind

When we learn something new, a language, a mantra, etc., our nervous system builds new neural connections, so when we learn a mantra, for example, new connections are built and we increase our potential for perception and understanding. sound emissions.

Then the recitation of a mantra involves the use of muscles of the vocal and ventral apparatus that we do not use when we speak.

Growth of the nervous system

During a mantra session, the nervous system both strengthens by creating new neural connections and relaxes because we are not in multitasking mode. This is called neuroplasticity.

The more complex a mantra seems to us, the more the nervous system concentrates, and this concentration is essential for meditation.

This mantric complexity increases our sound, intellectual performance and adaptability to stress.

At the end of a session, after having unraveled this mantra, we leave enlightened, the problems seem ridiculous to us, just like after a yoga session where our body is freed from muscular tension.

When we have crossed the barrier of Sanskrit, this language settles in our heart, settles in the memory. The more we practice, the more we develop this appetite.

By regularly chanting the Sanskrit alphabet with concentration and correct pronunciation, we have the potential to awaken Kundalini shakti, that cosmic energy that resides within each of us.

The mantras and texts captured by the rishis are based on the principle of energy activation. This practice is not only intellectual. Each of the mantras has a vibrational signature felt by the reciter in his physical and energetic body. These are vibratory sequences energizing our energy centers through the experience of truth.

The practice of mantras cannot be categorized as a method of chanting or as the formulation of a prayer or intentions. This practice connects all at once, all these approaches, transcends the mind.

Mananat trayate

Means by the Manan (constant thinking or recollection) of which one is released from the round of births and deaths is Mantra

Healing mantra : Karma and Rectification

Practicing mantras is an effective tool for the rectification of our Karma. The vibrational sequences allow us to cleanse our actions, bonds and unnecessary internal patterns imprinted from many lifetimes.

When we practice mantras correctly we restructure the vasanas, which are latent impressions already present in the mind, and the samskaras, which are impressions that are already functioning. For example, we say, “This is his samskara, this is his nature. All the impressions have formed part of his character.

With the help of the sacred vibrations, we can rise above the limitations we have received or developed since childhood to see our deepest potential and talents.

The goals in my life

The goals of life.

We can practice specific mantras to advance towards all goals.

Purusartha is the Vedic concept in which 4 goals condition our actions from our birth until our death.

  • Dharma: vocation, just order for harmony
  • Artha: the pursuit of wealth or material advantage
  • Kama: well-being and pleasure necessary for development in accordance with the dharma
  • Moksha: Liberation from the material world, sleep, detachment, Union

How to practice?

By what is called japa.

Japa or repetition is an essential practice. It calms the inner cacophony due to the outside world, the monkey spirit, and the repetition of the mantra is invaluable for this effect.

This repetition leads to concentration or dharana and takes us on the path of meditation, dhyana.

This technique has been used for millennia.

Understand that when you pronounce a word like apple for example either silently or out loud, the object instantly appears in front of you and the mind focuses on it. And japa uses this particularity of the mind to focus on divine energies and forms. It removes the thoughts that hold us back to the material world and worldly pleasures.

One can use the mantra diksha which is a personal mantra given by an enlightened master, or an upaya mantra (remedial mantra). It is most often mantras between 2 and 9 syllables that are used for japa.

The 4 types of japa.

The recitation of a mantra can be practiced at different levels:

  • Recitation out loud (vacika japa)
  • Whisper recitation (upamsu japa)
  • Mental recitation (manasika japa)
  • Spontaneous recitation (ajapa japa)

Sitting japa is practiced beginning with audible recitation to reach a meditative state in which thoughts are put away. For a sadhaka (practitioner) it will be easier to achieve mental or even spontaneous recitation.

Japa Mala

The materials used are diverse and vary according to the energy sought

It allows to increase the concentration since it is realized on a japa mala or yogic rosary.

Mala is made up of pearls, each separated by a knot. It is held in the hand and after each recitation we advance one bead.

It is important to hold it close to the heart, where the energy of Anahata chakra is located and which is related to the sense of touch. The use of the fingers calms and focuses precisely this center of touch.

A japa mala is usually made up of 108 beads. There are also malas with 27 or 54 beads.

The materials used are diverse and vary according to the energy sought.

Most are in rudraksha seeds which represent Shiva and bring purification. Others are made of tulsi wood, representing, krishna and devi, love, devotion and compassion.

For those in sandalwood, they stimulate the development of noble qualities and strengthen the practice.

Some can also be composed of minerals according to our needs.

How to use Japa mala

Hold the mala with the right hand at heart level because the right side of the body represents the energy of the sun, of the gift, of the offering, of the light towards which the practice leads

Hold your hand in your upper body. because the vibration of the lower part of the body (after the waist) is lower.

Do not put your hand on your thigh or touch your feet.

The recitation is performed with the middle finger, the index finger being left aside because it represents the ego and an aggressive energy comes out of this finger. The advancement is therefore done by pushing on the middle finger.

A mala used for japa must then be stored in a natural bag. It carries the sacred vibrations and should not be exposed to the world by wearing it around the neck or on the wrist.

Don’t put your japa mala down. It has unfortunately become a habit of practitioners during yoga classes. But that defiles or discharges it.

A mala is the abode of shakti, so it must be taken care of.

Before its first use, wash the mala with water, if possible, water from Ganga or one of the sacred rivers, or have it blessed by a master.

Keep it in a pocket made of silk or natural material

Expose it to moonlight on full moon nights

Put it in contact with minerals such as rose quartz, labradorite, amethyst to purify and recharge it.

It can also be taken into the wild and suspended for a while on an oak or other large and strong tree.

You have to feed your japa mala, with love because the day when you will not have the enthusiasm for the practice it is he who will transmit it to you.

What mantra to start with?

Practice AUM

This japa is the simplest and most deeply absorbing practice. Use a japa mala to stay focused.

This mantra is short and allow easily stay focused. Help you mala 108 beads for that.

We can recite quickly or over the length of the exhale, mentally or aloud.

Bring out the Aum from the depths of your being and not only vocally. Stay concentrate on the vibration of the whole body in a still posture. vibrationis born in the belly (manipura chakra region) and raise it to the top of the head for each pronunciation.

It would also be necessary to address the emission measurements between the A, the U and the M, but this requires teaching. For meditative practices, we can sing the AUM disregarding the ratios and being absorbed in the sound mindlessly and counting the measures.

We can sing the mantras:

  • 3 times (for those with 3 or 4 lines)
  • 21 times
  • 27 times (a quarter turn of 108)
  • 54 times (half the turn of 108)
  • 108 times
  • several times 108

One should not determine the recitation time by one’s desire. It is best to use a japa mala (a Vedic rosary).

What is important in the practice of mantras is regularity! Because the very principle of the mantra is repetition which calms the mind. It is therefore better to choose one or two mantras (at least for a certain period (1, 2, 6 months) and sing it every day at the same time of day.

So you might notice how the practice intensifies and goes deep.

If we sing a different mantra everyday is once again our mind having fun and looking for a new experience. This mental state prevents you from concentrating and taking the road to the Self. We can also, to better concentrate, sing the mantras to the planets that correspond to the days of the week, provided that we repeat the same thing every week.

Conclusion

A question may also arise:

How to choose a mantra if I do not feel Hindu or Buddhist and I have no particular affection for the deities?

The recitation of mantras is a science and is based on this fact more than on beliefs.

The science of mantras is the use of energy laws.

Deities can be compromised by a Westerner like mythological characters. But these characters only represent forms understandable by the human mind and are universal principles, that is to say archetypes.

The divinities are not idols to be venerated but supports of concentration on qualities whose energies we wish to activate. The names of the deities or the names of their attributes generate precise vibrations with a correct pronunciation and activate these energies in us.

About example, when we pronounce Ganapati, the letter ga is guttural and works on the activation of the glottis and the fundamental obstacles of the emission of sound by the vocal apparatus. It is for this reason that the god to the elephant head is invoked to overcome obstacles.

The symbolism of these archetypes must be studied to deeply understand their meanings and impacts.

With the diversity of qualities that stand behind the representations, there are parallel mantras of peace, abstract called vedantic.

Om Gan Ganapataye Namo Namaha

References

Effectiveness of Mantra-Based Meditation on Mental Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Repetitive speech elicits widespread deactivation in the human cortex: the “Mantra” effect?

Meditation on OM: Relevance from ancient texts and contemporary science

Neurohemodynamic correlates of ‘OM’ chanting: A pilot functional magnetic resonance imaging study

Shakti: power of Healing

Shri Yantra: the absolute unity of the Universe and the source of all energies

Shakti has many healing energies in nature from the qualities, properties and powers of everything that makes up nature but also up to the metaphysical.

Shakti is an important Sanskrit term. Several meanings are there. These different meanings are essential to understand how the powers of the universe work from the biological level to the cosmic level, that is to say of life and existence.

Shakti mainly means power or energy.

To be more specific, Shakti is a reference to the power of decision making, or execution.

In the West, Shakti is best known as the creative and transformative feminine energy of Nature and the Earth in general.

Shakti represents the special powers of Nature, the powers of the nature of the Self, Atma-Shakti, and the nature of the world or Prakriti Shakti.

Shaktis: the powers of nature

Shakti the power of nature

What places do nature’s Shaktis occupy in Ayurvedic treatment?

To obtain healing, it is necessary to have the knowledge and preparation to obtain healing.

We need to identify and use the right Shakti according to the condition and the context, which can change, in order to use the right force to heal.

Each object or force has a unique power of Nature

For example, Dahana Shakti is the power to burn and purify like fire. It is used for various purposes, good or bad, from cooking food to setting fire to a building.

Kledana Shakti is the hydrating, moisturizing, and nourishing power like water. She can also drown.

For there to be healing, the appropriate shakti must be activated to deal with or balance the pathology or disease.

Nature has many healing Shaktis contained in the 5 elements:

– the powers of the sky and the atmosphere,

– minerals, plants, herbs

– Food,

– mountains, rivers and forests.

Nature has many healing Shakti

It is important to also consider that everything that Nature offers must be used appropriately. As much as it has this power of healing but also of destruction if used clumsily.

Shaktis and Ayurveda

Our food has its nutritious properties which is called Anna Shakti.

Herbs also have their healing energy or Aushadi Shakti

If we take an example, spicy herbs like ginger, cinnamon, sage or tulsi have a diaphoretic (perspiration) effect, called Svedana Shakti. This is useful if we wish to practice sweat therapies that are particularly effective in countering Kapha dosha.

For the power of oleation or Snehana Shakti, oils such as sesame, coconut… are particularly used for effective massages against Vata dosha.

Plants have Ayurvedic energy which give special actions. For example, tastes or rasa can have heating effects (virya) or special actions called prabhava. They are also forms of Shakti.

I can still mention the Shakti rasayana with rejuvenating, healing and regenerative powers such as ashwagandha, shatavari, bala, amalaki, haritaki, … They help at the deepest level of healing and revitalization.

Anna Shakti: the nutritious properties of food

The forces of Shakti and its powers are also present at a more subtle level and described in Yoga and bhut vidya (Ayurvedic psychology). These forces we find in the mantras.

Kriya Shakti is related with the beej mantra Kreem and Goddess Kali and Akarshana Shakti with the beej mantra Kleem and Tripura Sundari Devi. Mantras have the power to shift energies and heal the mind and emotions.

Dhyana Shakti is the power of meditation derived from the force of concentration called Dharana Shakti.

All these Shakti forces are activated by the regularity of the practices, the detachment and the internalization of the spirit.

Shaktis of the healer

The healer must have this healing power to be able to help others towards lasting well-being.

It develops Prana Shakti or life energy through connection to cosmic Prana through Pranayama and sattvic living. This is how he receives the Shakti of healing.

It also needs strong ojas, which is the power of physical immunity, patience and calm which is Kshamatva Shakti.

To be a healer one must also be wise, experienced with a sattvic intellect (buddhi). It is the Prajna Shakti necessary for proper diagnosis and treatment.

The powers of Nature are within us and surround us. They are part of the whole Vedic science of the powers or Shakti of healing, which must be learned in order to be able to heal.

These healing Shaktis come to us from Nature called Prakriti, itself connected to ParaShakti or ultimate and universal force.

Healing Shakti come to us from Nature

References

Shakti and Shakta

Is Shakti Force?

Om Shakti

Control your emotions

Control your emotions if you want to stay healthy

Yogic practices are effective to control your emotions. It is a lifestyle and a strong understanding of your mind and body. You can still feel emotions, however through practicing yoga it can give you better control of your emotions by being aware of your imbalances and/or emotions and controlling them through asanas, pranayama and meditation to take control back.

Yoga and Emotional Dimension of Personality:

There are two kinds of emotions: positive and negative.

For example love, kindness are positive emotions, while anger and fear are personality development thoughts.

Similarly, our feelings and attitudes may be positive and negative.

For your self growth, emotional development, positive feelings, attitudes and emotions should be developed and negative ones should be controlled. The negative attitudes and emotions work as a mental blockages for the development of personality and conscious.

Yoga plays a critical role in development of positive emotions. It’s emotion therapy.

It brings emotional stability and helps to control negative ones.

Yogic practices such as yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara and meditation help in emotional self-regulation.

For example, the principle of non-violence will protect us from negative emotions and develop positive feelings of love and kindness for ourself and others. Similarly, other principles like yama and niyama will help to develop positive emotions and attitudes in our personal and social life.

How Yamas and Niyamas teach you to control your emotions?

Yama (restraints) and Niyama (observance) are principles which need to be adopted always in our day-to-day life.

These can be considered as the universal codes of conduct that help us in following high standards in our personal and social life.

Principles of yama are concerned with one’s social life.

The principles of niyama are concerned with one’s personal life.

Yama and niyama are part of Ashtanga yoga and help for self growth.

The five principles of yama are:

  • Ahimsa (non-violence),
  • Satya (truthfulness);
  • Asteya (non-stealing);
  • Brahmcharya (abstinence)
  • Aparigraha (non-possessiveness, non-grasping or non-greediness).
Ahimsa principle

The five principles of niyama are:

  • Shaucha (cleanliness);
  • Santosha (satisfaction);
  • Tapas (austerity);
  • Swadhyaya (study of good literature and knowing about the ‘self’)
  • Ishwarpranidhana (dedication to the God/Supreme power/ what you believe).

Control and acceptance: the keys

It is important to have control of your body, you have to be conscious of all your senses, your mind, and your body inside and out.

You need to have an understanding of emotions and when and how they affect you. Feel emotions by not holding them back, however, you should not let the emotions take control of you either. You need to manage them, and yoga practice can help you do this.

Yoga is a spiritual science of self-realization, which means finding oneself through a spiritually journey.

People say they know themselves, but do they really?

Or do they only know their qualities, their idea of who they are?

I have spent a lot of my life just being happy, outgoing and suppressing sadness and anger. I surely did not have control of those emotions, but more of blocking/holding back.

Suppressing my emotions has caused me to be sick on the inside, and these emotions are retaliating and in force. The path of yoga and practicing has helped me to master my emotions and my well-being. It can assist you like an emotions therapy as well.

You can have a deeper understanding of your emotions and taking control back. Certain asanas can also help lift your spirit or the opposite by calming you down but you need to be guided properly if you have no body conscious.

Pranayama also assists with increasing or decreasing your mood through breath by acting on hormones and other physiological systems. You have a better balance and master yourself, mind and body.

Then, through meditation practice, proper and healthy diet, water, and general activities in your daily schedule you have understand the main tools to control your emotions.

Live with your emotions and avoid that your emotions make you live.

Everything is related between your guts and your brain. Meaning that if you have bas food intake then your brain functioning will reflect the quality of your food. 

Many people including myself, have blamed someone for my own feelings of anger, sadness or even happiness, but it’s your reaction, not their action that causes these emotions. The emotions can quickly change from one to another and even in a short turn around. With not having control of these emotions, you can hurt yourself, something or even someone else.

Feeling these emotions are natural but you must live with your emotions and avoid that your emotions make you live.

Knowing them, feeling them, accepting them and move onward, through asanas, breath, meditation diet and lifestyle. Once you have understood that and practice that, you will have control of your emotions.

But not only you will master your actions, your reactions and therefore feel more balance within.

If your emotions are running wild and you need balance in your life:

  • Check your diet
  • Look at your lifestyle and change what you need to change to be balanced
  • Look at your emotions
  • See how you feel inside
  • Accept them
  • Move on

Balancing poses and pranayama: what you need to practice.

These asanas and pranayama below will help bring calmness, balance and cleanse the mind and body.

You have to practice putting your consciousness and commitment onto the breath for each asana in a way to feel, experiences and receive the benefits.

Sorry, there is no solutions in this earth than to commit and work little on yourself if you want to get results. You don’t want to put efforts to master your life, then do not complain and undergo.

Asanas and pranayama help by bringing calmness, balance and cleansing the mind and body

What poses to practice?

Vrksasana (Tree Pose):

– balancing for a beginner and advanced.

– develops nervous balance and strengthens the legs, ankles, and foot muscles.

To begin, stand on your matt, even out the weight between both of your feet.

You then shift your weight from your left foot primarily on toyour right leg/foot.

Lift your left knee out in front and grab your shin with your left hand.

Open up your hips with moving your left knee out to the left side and having a straight alignment from the knee to your hips.

Keeping your hips open place your left foot on your inner thigh, calf or ankle, just not your knee. From here you can open your arms down by your body with palms facing forward and looking ahead. You can also put your palms together in prayer position or up to make branches with your arms and look to your thumbs or the ceiling.

Relaxed your shoulders, keep the back straight, balance on the 3 points of your foot and keeping a straight line from top to bottom and having an awareness of your pelvis with anterior or posterior tilts. Hold this position up to 2 min each side. When you are ready slowly lower your leg and shake the legs out and swap sides.

If your mood is low and you feel down, and you need a push for energy, backbends are what is needed. They are good for opening up and embracing life and life’s challenges.

Then which backbends?

I have chosen Ushttasana (camel pose).

  • Physical benefits with this pose are the extension of the vertebrae,
  • stimulation of the spinal nerves which relieving backache, rounded back and drooping shoulders.
  • Having the neck stretched tones the throat organs and regulates the thyroid.
  •  benefits the digestive and reproductive system, through the stretch in the stomach and intestines.

You would begin by sitting in vajrasana pose and then stand on your knees with arms by your side. Lean slowly backwards right-hand reach for the right heel and left hand reaching for the left heel.

Pushing the hips forward, keeping the thighs vertical and bend the head and spine backward as far as comfortable. Relax into the pose and the support is even through both arms and legs. Hold for up to 3min for a static pose and when you are ready to come back slowly release one hand at a time and transition into the counterpose balasana.

Forward bends are a good counterpose for backbends but also good for calming the emotions down. If you need to calm the mind, release anger or release ego these asanas will help.

Counterposes

Balasana (Childs pose) 

  • stretches and strengthens the back muscles and separates the individual vertebrae from each other, releasing the pressure of the discs, this pose also tones the pelvic muscles and sciatic nerve.

Sit in the vajrasana pose and widen the gap between your knees close to the width of your matt.

Fold forward putting your forehead on the mat and making a curve in the spine.

Stretch your arms out forward with your palms facing down and your stomach rest between your legs.

Push your tail bone down towards your feet and relax, holding this pose around 3min or to calm anger up to but no more than 10 min.

After back and forward bending you should do a spinal twisting asana.

Spinal twist

Meru Vakrasana (spinal twist) 

  • good for managing entangled knots and twists in your life.
  • give us the confidence and energy to learn how to deal with these problems.
  • good for the spine, and toning the nerves.
  • Alleviates certain types of backaches or neck pain.

Sitting with your legs out straight and back straight, bend your right knee and place your right foot on the outside of the left knee.

Breath in and raise your arms to the sky and on the exhale twist your body to the right.

Placing your left elbow on your right knee with your hand pointing up palm outwards and right hand flat on the ground behind you. On every inhale lengthen the body and exhale twist a little deeper. Holding each side up to 3 min, and when ready re-centre and change legs and twist to the other side.

After moving through some asana’s, pranayama and meditation should be added to the practice, or even on their own if required. They are useful for other ways to gain control of your emotions.

Which pranayamas to practice?

Many pranayamas are good for looking within and connecting with yourself deeply.

You can start by :

Nadi Shodhana should be practiced in each practice of pranayama to balance and purifying to form the basis for a successful practice of pranayama.

Nadi shodhan

Bhramari Pranayama (humming bee breath) is good for relieving stress and cerebral tension and helps alleviating anger, anxiety, insomnia, which increases the healing capacity of the body.

Bhramari Pranayama includes a meditative state by harmonizing the mind and directing the awareness inwards. The vibration of the humming sound creates a soothing effect on the mind and nervous system.

Sit in a comfortable seated pose hands resting on your knees. Back straight and body relaxed.

Raise the arms out to the side, bend the elbows, and bringing the index fingers to plug each ear.

Bringing awareness to the center of the head take a deep breath in through the nose and exhale slowly and controlled while making a deep steady humming sound like that of a bee.

The humming sound should be smooth and continue for the duration of the exhale.

The softness of this sound will vibrate at the front of the skull.

At the end of the round, the hands can stay or be lowered and raised again for the next round. This practice can be between 5-10 rounds for beginners and increase up to 10-15 minutes, if increased tension and anxiety can practice for up to 30 min.

If sitting down is not comfortable for you then meditation with movement is something you can work with.

What about meditation for your emotions ?

Walking meditation, another way to grow

One of the meditations of movement is walking, yes, just genal walking.

You can walk anywhere, your house, studio, garden, or the beach.

Anywhere you can walk without tripping can be used. This type of meditation is where you look on the ground just in front of yourself, so you can see where you are going, but having your awareness on your mind and body.

Keeping your body upright, aligned and dignified whilst being comfortable and natural, walk slowly and deliberate with each step.

Take each step by pressing the heel down first and flattering the foot and then lifting the other foot and step forward and place the heel on the ground following by flattening the foot and then taking the next step and repeat.

Just breath naturally (from the diaphragm) and focusing on the rhythmic flow of the breath during each step.

Walk around for at least 5min up to 15min focusing on your breath and your steps. This refocuses your thoughts away from any emotions that are causing you to feel sad, angry or even when you want to calm your pitta.

This meditation gives you the opportunity to look deep within and remember the Earth that sustains us and develop gratitude. Be mindful as possible by being aware of your body and the physical sensations in each step as you move.

Emotional balances from imbalance of doshas:

Knowing your ayurvedic constitution will help you to know what doshas imbalances you have.

You can use asanas to get your balance back for e.g. if you are having an imbalance with your pitta then twisting poses will help towards increasing pitta and forward folds to cool the pitta. Keep checking your dosha till you have a balance and this should help you have more control of your emotions also.

Yoga is a lifestyle and a strong understanding of your mind and body. You still feel emotions, however through yoga practice you have better control of your emotions, aware of your imbalances and/or emotions and controlling them through asanas, pranayama and meditation to take control back.

Wake up with love for yourself, your neighbor, and love for nature, whilst being aware of your emotions and practice what is needed to have control of your mind and body again.

Remember to just breathe, breath in deeply, and exhale completely.

Breath is the main part in charge of our homeostasis. If you are breathing badly, it will automatically impact negatively the state of your mind and system regulation in your body.

Conclusion

Emotions are temporary

Emotions come and go.

Simply become the witness.

Becoming the witness does not mean pushing away your thoughts and emotions; it means allowing them fully, giving them our full attention and awareness without believing that this is who we are.

Emotion takes place within us, yes, and you can even say that it is part of us, but it is not who we really are, and seeing that frees us to be able to fully experience an emotion.

When we are able to fully experience an emotion our world changes because the nature of life is that sooner or later everything changes.

We are not our thoughts.

What we resist persists

When you feel an emotion, don’t run away from it, don’t wallow in it.

Just give it space, feel the raw sensation in the body without stories, without involvement, just presence! This is the highest form of yoga.

If you can really do this, before you know it, the emotion will have changed or dissolved and you can feel the peace that comes from being the pure witness to all experiences.

I hope this gives you an idea of how to handle emotional pain in your yoga practice.

References

A study on effect of yoga on emotional regulation, self-esteem, and feelings of adolescents

Effect of integrated yogic practices on positive and negative emotions in healthy adults

Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life

Reasons, Years and Frequency of Yoga Practice: Effect on Emotion Response Reactivity

“I Just Find It Easier to Let Go of Anger”: Reflections on the Ways in Which Yoga Influences How Young People Manage Their Emotions

A study on effect of yoga on emotional regulation, self-esteem, and feelings of adolescents

Yoga For Osteoporosis

Women over the age of 50 are more prone to natural loss of bone mass

A specific Yoga protocol for osteoporosis fights it and helps prevent and reverse the condition effectively.

As with all other tissues, bone tissue regenerates. But osteoporosis results from an imbalance in the regeneration of new tissue.

Osteo” means bone and “porosis” means pores.

In osteoporosis, the bone structure becomes porous and bone mass decreases.

The consequences?

The bone becomes brittle, you are more prone to fractures and even on a simple movement or jerk.

In general, women over the age of 50 are more prone to natural loss of bone mass, and older women show a higher rate of bone mass loss as they age. The reason given is the decrease in estrogen after menopause. Estrogen is responsible for maintaining bone health in women.

Osteoporosis symptoms

Generally, there are no signs and symptoms in people with osteoporosis. They often realize this after a fall, therefore during a fracture. Osteoporosis is diagnosed by bone densitometry, a technique that involves checking the bone density in the hip and spine.

The precursor symptoms that may appear are slight back pain due to the appearance of microfissures in the vertebrae and the weight of the body may be the reason, the loss of a few centimeters in height and the appearance of kyphosis ( forward curvature of the top of the spine).

Wrists, hips and vertebrae are the most common first fractures due to osteoporosis.

Your vertebrae can weaken to the point that they crumple and collapse, which may result in back pain, lost height and a hunched posture

The rate at which we lose bone mass in the last years of life depends on the quality of the bones during our young age.

We therefore understand the importance of taking care of your body from an early age.

How to prevent osteoporosis?

This is about prevention. And it’s not for lack of telling you in my posts.

People who start exercising at an early age are less likely to develop osteoporosis later on.

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the most common causes of osteoporosis along with excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use leading to loss of bone mass.

People with smaller frames (less bone tissue) feel the impact of osteoporosis more than those with larger bones, because smaller frames have fewer stores of bone mass to lose to osteoporosis. Reduced secretion of sex hormones in both sexes (estrogen for women and testosterone for men) can initiate the disintegration of bone mass.

In addition to age, which causes the natural decline in sex hormones in both sexes, the functioning of the prostate in men and of the breast in women can contribute to the decline in sex hormones in both sexes.

Overactive thyroid, parathyroid or adrenal glands can also lead to loss of bone mass leading to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis can be prevented by including adequate amounts of calcium in the diet (dairy products, powdered eggshells, green leafy vegetables, soy, orange juice and fish with bones).

Vitamin D, through exposure to the sun, plays a vital role in the absorption of calcium.

Fractures due to osteoporosis can prove fatal for older people because in most cases they do not live beyond the first year after the fracture.

Yoga for osteoporosis

Is yoga good for osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is the main cause of arthritis, this type of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis.

The loss of mass from the bony surfaces that meet at the joints makes joint movement difficult and painful. The friction between the two adjacent bones that form the joint becomes problematic.

How to practice

Yoga poses for bone health emphasize spinal alignment. Asanas are practiced that keep the spine straight in order to reduce the kyphosis that has set in due to osteoporosis.

As bone mass decreases in the vertebrae, they appear to collapse on top of each other and reduce the space between them. This limits the freedom of movement of the spine.

So focus on lengthening the spine while doing gentle yoga for osteoporosis. This recreates the natural movement and restores space between the vertebrae. A rigid spine is very likely to fracture at the slightest jolt it undergoes.

Yoga poses for osteoporosis include yoga asanas that bear the weight of the body on the arms and hands, to build bone density in the practitioner’s arms and hands.

To prevent osteoporosis with yoga and to treat osteoarthritis, gentle back extensions are practiced, lifting the chest and placing the spine in an arch towards the back.

That helps improve the density of bones that are affected by these movements.

The yoga asanas that are listed here under yoga for osteoporosis have been structured in an easy flow or a vinyasa flow to avoid any jerky movements.

Most fractures in osteoporosis patients result from a poor sense of balance. Transitions between yoga poses are performed appropriately with poses that challenge the balance of the practitioner.

Balance-enhancing yoga poses improve the strength of the balance center in the brain, which proves to be a boon in the later years of life when the sense of balance falls victim to the natural process. of ageing. Yoga poses designed for bone health are good for osteoporosis because they deliberately avoid extreme flexion and extension towards

Yoga Poses for Osteoarthritis

Here some of poses which can be practiced, all depends on your conditions and pathologies. These poses are only examples of what i can suggest during my yoga classes.

If need some help to build your yoga and healthylife style, click here for a free session.

References

Twelve-Minute Daily Yoga Regimen Reverses Osteoporotic Bone Loss

Effects of Yogasanas on osteoporosis in postmenopausal women

Yoga and Bone Health

Effectiveness of Pilates and Yoga to improve bone density in adult women: A systematic review and meta-analysis

What is Panchakarma treatment?

Ayurveda uses preventive and curative therapies, the Panchakarma is one of those. It uses also other various methods for purification and rejuvenation.

Ayurveda is more than just a healing system; it is a science and a proper art of living that helps to achieve longevity. It can guide each individual in the right choice of diet, lifestyle, and exercise to restore balance in body, mind, and consciousness, thereby preventing disease from gaining a foothold in the system.

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Panchakarma is a treatment program for the body, mind and consciousness, which cleanses and rejuvenates.

It is practiced individually to precisely meet the needs of one’s Ayurvedic constitution and specific disorders of the mind. It therefore requires observation and supervision.

The Panchakarma therapy principles

The treatment begins with pre-purification measures called Snehana and Svedana, then cleansing methods, Shodan are applied.

It is based on Ayurvedic principles that creation is made up of 5 main elements. Each of these 5 elements is present in greater or lesser proportions and includes a range of qualities that manifest themselves in a more or less obvious way in each individual and depending on the situation. The five basic elements are ether, air, fire, water and earth.

The combination of these elements constitutes the three doshas (tridosha): Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and their balance is unique to each individual.

  • Vata: a combination of ether and air,
  • Pitta: a combination of fire and water.
  • kapha: a combination of water and earth, are called the tridosha.

These are the three humors or the three organizations of the body, which also derive from consciousness.

Each individual constitution and mind temperament is determined by the proportions of these three doshas at the time of fertilization meaning that when the embryo is formed, the constitution is determined.

When this doshic balance is disturbed, it generates disorders causing symptoms and eventually leads to disease.

Each individual constitution therefore has its own unique balance according to its own nature (vata, pitta and kapha or VPK).

This balance of VPK is the natural order. When this doshic balance is disturbed, it creates an imbalance.

Health is order; disease is disorder.

Order is the state of health, as defined by Ayurveda. It exists when the digestive fire (agni) is in a state of balance; bodily humors (vata, pitta and kapha) are in balance, the three waste products (urine, faeces and sweat) are produced and eliminated normally, the seven bodily tissues (rasa, rakta, mamsa, meda, asthi, majja and shukra/artava ) function normally, and the mind, senses and consciousness work harmoniously together.

When the balance of these systems is disturbed, the process of disease (disorder) begins.

The doshas according to their balance or imbalance:


Doshas and the elements

Vata (air+ether) in balance: great agility, dry hair and skin, thin body, creative, energetic, flexible, excitement, new experiences

Imbalanced vata: hypertension, constipation, weight loss, weakness, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems.

Pitta (fire+water) in balance: perfect digestion, luminous complexion, good appetite, precise, quick-witted, direct and frank.

Pitta out of balance: itching, indigestion, excessive body heat, burning sensations, irritable temper, arguments.

Kapha (earth+water) in balance: great endurance, wide and soft eyes, strong body, soft skin, loyal, patient, stable, understanding.

Kapha out of balance: oversleeping, overweight, suffers from asthma, depression, diabetes, resistance to change, stubborn.

Benefits of Panchakarma

  • Eliminate toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind.
  • Restore your constitutional balance by improving your health and well-being.
  • Strengthen your immune system and become more resistant to disease.
  • Reverse the negative effects of stress on your body and mind, slowing down the aging process.
  • Bring deep relaxation and a feeling of well-being.
Doshas balancing treatments

Purvakarma : the pre-purification measures:

Before the purification processes begin, it is necessary to prepare the body to promote the elimination of toxins. These two procedures are called snehan and svedana.

Snehan is oil massage. The oil is applied all over the body with a specific massage to move toxins to the gastrointestinal tract. Oil massage also makes superficial and deep tissues soft and supple, helping to eliminate stress and nourish the nervous system.

Snehan is administered daily for three to seven days.

Svedana is sweating or perspiration. It is practiced every day immediately after the snehan. A herbal concoction can be added to the steam to further loosen the toxins from the individual. Svedana helps liquefy toxins to direct them into the gastrointestinal tract.

After three to seven days of snehan and svedana, the body is ready to receive the method or methods of panchakarma given according to the constitution and disorders of the individual.

Cleaning methods: shodanas

  • Vamana
  • Virechan
  • Basti
  • Nasya
  • Rakta Moksha

Vamana: Vomiting Therapy

When there is congestion in the lungs causing repeated bouts of bronchitis, colds, coughs or asthma, the Ayurvedic treatment is therapeutic vomiting, vamana, to remove the kapha causing excess mucus. Often this also releases pent up emotions that have been held in the kapha areas of the lungs and stomach along with the accumulated dosha. Once the mucus is released, the patient will feel relief instantly. Congestion, wheezing, and shortness of breath are likely to go away and the sinuses will become clear.

Therapeutic vomiting is also indicated in chronic asthma, diabetes, chronic cold, lymphatic congestion, chronic indigestion and edema. After vamana, it is recommended to rest, fast, smoke certain herbal cigarettes, and not suppress natural urges (i.e. urination, defecation, gas, sneezing, cough). If vamana is administered correctly, the person should feel relaxation in the lungs, be able to breathe freely, have lightness in the chest, clear thinking, clear voice, good appetite and all symptoms of congestion will disappear.

Virechan: Purgation therapy

When excess bile, pitta, is secreted and accumulated in the gallbladder, liver and small intestine, it tends to cause rashes, skin inflammations, acne, chronic bouts of fever, vomiting of bile, nausea and jaundice. The Ayurvedic literature suggests in these conditions the administration of a therapeutic purgation or a therapeutic laxative. Purgatives help relieve excess pitta that causes biliary disorders in the body. In fact, purgatives can completely cure the problem of excess pitta. When purgatives are used, the patient should not eat foods that aggravate the overriding mood or unbalance the three humors. 

Basti: Enema Therapy

Vata is a very active principle in pathogenesis (disease). If we can control vata through the use of basti, we have come a long way towards the root cause of the vast majority of disease. Vata is the main etiological (causal) factor in the manifestation of diseases. It is the driving force for the elimination and retention of feces, urine, bile and other excreta. Vata is mainly located in the large intestine, but bone tissue (asthi dhatu) is also a site for vata. Therefore, drugs administered rectally have an effect on asthi dhatu. The lining of the colon is related to the outer covering of the bones (periosteum), which nourishes the bones. Therefore, any drug administered rectally penetrates deeper tissues, such as bones, and corrects vata disorders.

Nasya : Administration nasale

The nose is the doorway to the brain and it is also the doorway to consciousness. The nasal administration of drugs is called nasya. An excess of bodily humors accumulated in the sinuses, throat, nose or head is eliminated through the nearest possible opening, the nose.

Prana, vital force in the form of nerve energy, enters the body through the breath carried out through the nose. It is found in the brain and maintains sensory and motor functions. Prana also governs mental activities, memory, concentration and intellectual activities. A dysregulation of prana results in malfunctioning of all these activities and produces headaches, convulsions, memory loss and reduced sensory perception.

Nasal administration, nasya, is therefore indicated for prana disorders, sinus congestion, migraines, convulsions and certain eye and ear problems. Breathing can also be improved by nasal massage. For this treatment, the little finger is dipped in ghee and inserted into the nose. The inner walls of the nose are slowly massaged, going as deep as possible.

This treatment will help to open the emotions. (The tissues of the nose are tender and for this application the nail must be kept short so as not to injure the delicate mucous membranes). Since most people have a deviated septum, one side of the nose will be easier to enter and massage than the other. The finger should not be inserted by force. The massage should be done by slow penetration, the finger moving first clockwise, then counterclockwise. In this way, the emotions stuck in the airways will be released. This treatment can be used morning and evening. This way breathing patterns will change as emotions are released and eyesight will also improve. 

Rakta Moksha: Ayurvedic blood purification

Toxins present in the gastrointestinal tract are absorbed into the blood and circulate throughout the body. This condition is called toxemia, which is the root cause of repeated infections, hypertension, and some other circulatory disorders. This includes repeated attacks of skin disorders such as hives, rashes, herpes, eczema, acne, scabies, leucoderma, chronic itching or hives.

In these conditions, in addition to internal medication, elimination of toxins and purification of the blood are necessary. Rakta moksha is also indicated for enlarged liver, spleen and gout. Pitta is produced from the disintegrated red blood cells in the liver. Thus, pitta and blood have a very close relationship. An increase in pitta can pass into the blood, causing toxicity, and therefore many pitta-genic disorders. Drawing a small amount of blood from a vein relieves the tension created by pitta-genic toxins in the blood. Leeches have been used as an alternative to bloodletting. Bleeding also stimulates the spleen to produce anti-toxic substances that help boost the immune system.

Toxins are neutralized, resulting in a radical cure for many blood-borne diseases. Certain substances such as sugar, salt, yogurt, acid-tasting foods and alcohol are toxic to the blood. In the case of certain blood disorders, these substances must be avoided to keep the blood pure.

For rakta moksha treatment other than bloodletting, there are blood purification practices involving herbs, gemstone therapy, or colored water therapy. For any rakta moksha treatment or related alternative treatment, it is beneficial to refrain from consuming yogurt, salt, sugar, alcohol, marijuana, sour and fermented foods.

What lifestyle and diet during therapy

Ayurvedic diet

At each stage of panchakarma therapy, certain lifestyle and diet guidelines should be followed. It is important to rest and remain calm to receive the full benefits and effects of the therapy.

One therefore avoids all strenuous exercise, sexual activity, late nights, loud music, television and other stimulating experiences.

This is also a great time to observe one’s thoughts and experiences during this time.

Meals are designed to support the cleansing process. As the toxins return to the gastrointestinal tract, the power of digestion is further slowed down. Kitchari is one of the adequate food techniques, very easy to digest, which nourishes all the tissues of the body, and excellent for the regeneration of cells. It helps in the detoxification and cleansing process.

Kitchari is a seasoned mixture of rice and mung dal, and is the basis of the Ayurvedic way of life. Basmati rice and mung dal both have the qualities of being mild and refreshing with a sweet aftertaste. Together they create a balanced diet; an excellent combination of protein and is tridoshic.

Conclusion

Panchakarma is a very technical Ayurvedic treatment and requires the proper guidance of a highly trained and knowledgeable Ayurvedic practitioner.

It cannot be undertaken alone with information from an article or a book.

Panchakarma is an individual process personalized to one’s constitution, physical and mental disturbances, disease and therefore requires close observation and supervision.

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Om Dhanvantari Namah

References

Ayurveda and Panchakarma: Measuring the Effects of a Holistic Health Intervention

Effect of panchakarma and Ayurvedic treatment in postpartum rheumatoid arthritis (amavata): A case study

An integrated therapy approach for the management of obesity-associated disorders: A case report

Effect of Vasantic Vaman and other Panchakarma procedures on disorders of various systems

Efficacy of panchakarma in sandhivata w.s.r. to knee arthritis

Efficacy of virechana karma in the management of obesity and hypothyroidism: A case study

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